3) NY Mets free agent Adam Ottavino has raised his stock
Retirement might not be as close in Adam Ottavino’s future as some would have believed. He signed a one-year deal with the Mets this offseason in a somewhat questionable move when the team had a far greater need to spend that money on a lefty.
Although the need for a lefty never went away, Ottavino stepped up this season and became their second best reliever. Trevor May has been out most of the year while Drew Smith and Seth Lugo have shown signs of cracking.
Ottavino has been one of the most pleasant surprises of all for the Mets. At first, it looked like he was a luxury item for Buck Showalter. Throughout the season, he has shown he was a necessity Billy Eppler wisely added to the roster. Without him, our perception of the Mets bullpen might be vastly different. Who would Showalter turn to in those late innings?
Due to his age, Ottavino isn’t looking like a long-term option for any ball club. However, on a short-term deal, he could be a nice addition for anyone’s bullpen. The Mets should even think about a reunion although with the way relief pitchers tend to be baseball’s biggest nomads, it’s probably not going to happen.